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March 02, 2004

There are those of us who love it...

Adam Gaffin's Boston Blogs site is taking some fire for being unattractive. I don't agree. I think it's fine. Good information, easily accessed.

Don't get me wrong, I admire clever and attractive design as much as the next guy. But it's a big mistake to equate quality with whizzy graphics.

A big story in the past few days was the Pew study which found that over 40% of people have put information on the web. That's a really good thing. But if we set the bar up at "award winning design" people will stop posting. That would be bad.

It's about the information, presented accurately, and usefully.

Pretty is OK too.

By the way, the guy taking shots at Adam has a blog that is tiny, tiny, white type on a black background. So why is he criticising? And of the two site this guy offers as examples, the SF Bay Area site is, admittedly, very nice, but the LA one is nothing to write home about, design-wise.

[PS. swell prize to anyone who knows the origin of the quote I used in the title.]

[PS2. I like the subway map idea.]

Posted by jghiii at March 2, 2004 11:42 AM
Posted by: Daniel Webster on March 2, 2004 12:05 PM

I'm pretty sure the original quote is:

"Jack's brain is a twisted and sick thing, but there are those of us who love it."

Posted by: MGA on March 2, 2004 12:35 PM

See the abuse you get when it's just about the information?

Now if you had a pretty face, too...

Posted by: beth on March 2, 2004 12:49 PM

“It is a small College, but there are those of us who love it.”

—Daniel Webster

Posted by: sherman on March 2, 2004 02:10 PM

Congrats Beth!

Your prize is one week in New Hampshire.

The second place prize is two weeks in New Hampshire.

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on March 2, 2004 03:01 PM

Sadly, Beth's guess doesn't win, since it was entered after Daniel himself ruined the whole thing by posting the answer himself.

Posted by: beth on March 2, 2004 03:58 PM

Yes but I posted the quote.

Posted by: Sherman on March 2, 2004 04:14 PM

Yeah -- Beth answered the question. No one else did.

You better give her that prize. I know professional athletes who will kick your butt if you try to welch out on Beth.

I got your back, Beth.

Posted by: Jo Ann on March 2, 2004 06:10 PM

Hey Jack! Give your sis the prize--she got the quote fair and square! (Beth, we all got your back out here.)

Yo Sherm, if you have the power to give Beth two weeks in New Hampshire, don't I get props for knowing the Pretender's song with the Oscar Wilde quote? Can I get two weeks in California? :-)

Posted by: sherman on March 2, 2004 08:10 PM

Opera lady, I want some of the stuff you're smoking today.

1) I don't award the prize, Jack does. It's his contest. I just tried to point out what the prize was, while still disparaging the state of New (Social Services? What are those?) Hampshire.

2) Beth didn't win 2 weeks. That's second place. She won first place so she only has to spend one week in New Hampshire. (This was supposed to be the disparaging part.)

Posted by: Jo Ann on March 3, 2004 06:30 AM

Thanks Sherman! Right... you were just reporting the prize... I sometimes forget who's blog this is. My bad.

So, do I get one week in California then? That one was your contest, afterall. Oh, this is all so confusing... ya know, they say when telling a joke about a frog it's best not to dissect it in the middle of the joke... or something like that.

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